GG Fearn Does It Again With Catchy New Dark Pop EP

Music Reviews of Indie Music Artists

GG Fearn

“Black Mirror” from the “Black Mirror” EP

After a first album that generated a lot of buzz, with its wide range of genres and moods, GG Fearn, the young singer-songwriter from the UK, is back at it with a new EP that is quirky and fun, and what’s for sure is that you don’t want to miss it!

This time in a vein of dark pop and groovy alternative sounds, the EP has a lot for it, and you don’t have to look any farther than the title track “Black Mirror” to get hooked by Georgia’s knack for catchy chorus, snappy arrangements and modern sound.

The song starts with funky guitar, groovy drums/bass combo and soon you are drawn into that Black Mirror reality by Georgia’s commanding vocal. Great production serves the song well, it’s full of nice little ear candies, and even features a short but rocking guitar solo, which in the pop vein of this song is quite unusual and very welcome to my old ears The vocal treatment works like a charm and background vocals add some real soul to this catchy song.

A really cool song that is one of the highlights of this new EP, so make sure you go to the artist’s website and get your own copy asap!

Verdict: 5/5 beards – Give it a try asap!

5 Beards Rating




Get the EP from the artist website at:

If You Can’t get Enough of Lord of the Rings, Swear by Game of Thrones, You’ll Love “Ye Banks and Braes”

ED Harris Celtic Album

W Ed Harris

“Otzi Man” from the “Ye Banks and Braes” Album

There’s something strangely addictive about Celtic music. It evokes a simpler life, tales of knights and maidens and old gods, to a point where you can close your eyes and be transported in another time and space, better than a dream.
If you’re a fan of fantasy, can’t get enough of Lord of the Rings, swear by Game of Thrones, you will love the Ed Harris’s new album “Ye Banks and Braes”, a compilation of traditional and original Celtic instrumentals and ballads. A simple look at the beautiful cover and you’ll understand that this album is the real deal.
Ed is a veteran multi-instrumentalist with a wide range of experience who has focused on Celtic music for over 30 years now, and it’s pretty obvious from the songs and performances on this album that he’s a reference in the genre, and the rich collection of albums on his website is further proof.
With a sound that sparks with lush acoustic instruments, guitars, mandolin, fiddle, percussion, recorders, and in some case Ed’s vocals, from jigs to ballads, this album is a colorful journey. On that “Otzi Man” song, which is an original composition, Ed’s roots are in full display and tell the tale of the Iceman, “5300-year-old tribesman who was found in the mountain range between Austria and Italy”, starting with pounding percussion, fiddle, acoustic guitar and recorder, and Ed’s subdued vocal works a charm, an award winning combination.

Verdict: 5/5 beards – Jump on a dragon and listen to this album 

Get this album (and more) from the artist’s website at:

Duffy and Bird Do It Again with Trademark Sound of Americana Goodness


Duffy and Bird EP

Duffy & Bird

“Avenue of Luck”

They did it again! Following their acclaimed first EP “5 Lines”, the dynamic UK duo is back with a new single that continues in the vein of folk/Americana acoustic goodness that is their trademark sound.
With a stripped down to the bone production, acoustic guitar, minimal percussion (kick, tambourine, shaker), there’s nothing to distract you from Tricia Duffy’s lovely voice, and the cool harmonies of Al Bird, something the duo is famous for.
The song is a strong one, it’s catchy and it works well even with this limited instrumentation, thanks to the great melodic sensibility and the soulful vocal performances. It’s all about luck, you see, and how some people have more than others, and how in the end, we all should be grateful of what we have. A positive message for a positive song that shines with its genial simplicity and heartfelt delivery.
Recommended to everyone who likes their songs raw and true.
Verdict: 5/5 beards Get it now!

5 Beards Rating




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Katey Brooks Singing Is Effortless & Production Immaculate

Singer Katey Brooks

Katey Brooks

“All Of Me”

From a long tradition of songwriters drawing their inspiration from blues and soul and ready to pour their heart out in a song, comes Katey Brooks and this new single from upcoming album “Revolute”.
With a stark instrumentation that leaves room to her heartfelt vocals, and breathes around her heart-wrenching plea, the song is a winner. The background vocals lay out a bed of female harmonies that make it sound like a gospel, and it works like a charm over the bluesy guitar, B3 and laid-back rhythm section.
The singing is effortless, and the production immaculate in its simplicity, a great choice to highlight Katey’s powerful voice, which is hard to resist. It’s the kind of song you could sway on with your lover at the end of a party when most have gone, all the drinks have been spilled and there’s only one pair of eyes looking at you, exchanging tender vows. But be warned, says Katey, because if you want “all of me”, you will need more than words to prove it!
In the meantime, you will be rewarded by a great song, delivered with conviction and power and that should be more than a lot of songs will ever do.
Verdict: 5/5 beards – Grab it while it’s hot and watch out for the upcoming album!

5 Beards Rating







Come and Get It From Verity White

Singer Verity White


“come and get it” from the ‘reclaim’; Set fire album

From the heart of the Cotswold, in Cheltenham, UK, acclaimed rock ‘n’ roll diva, proclaimed cat lovers and new wave of rock leader comes this long awaited second album. All you have to do is look at the cover to see that Verity is not joking and that there will be fire!
From the first riff of that first song, you’re invited to “Come and Get It” and you know you’re in for savage guitars, pounding drums, growling bass and Verity’s angry vocals pouring her heart out right into your ears.
The style of the songs ranges from alternative rock, direct and groovy, to classic rock, in some of the more sophisticated riffs, all served with a dash of punk rock angriness for good measure. From mid-tempo to pure ro
ckers, to a surprise “Feel This” piano ballad concluding the album as a welcome respite and fire extinguisher.
You can hear that Verity, along with her band members, and served by a great production, opened her soul and shared her life in this album and reaffirms, if needed be, her place as a leading lady with the potential to storm the new wave of indie rock. It starts right now, ladies and gentlemen, and you will be able to say: “I was here when it all started”.
Verdict: 5/5 beards Grab this album while it’s hot!

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Emma Dean is a F*%king Unicorn

Emma Dean EP Cover

“I Am a F*%king Unicorn”

from the

“Broken Romantics: A Vicious Song Cycle” EP

Coming from Brisbane, Australia, with a style that could easily be transposed on stage off Broadway and that she pens herself as “Pop Cabaret” (from a previous album), Emma Dean is not your ordinary pop singer-songwriter, and a simple listen to this new EP and that song in particular will make it obvious to everyone.

Starting with a great piano driven groove which is as infectious as it is original, Emma goes all the way with a display of female empowerment that could well be the next feminist anthem, while her humorous delivery shows vocal chops definitely out of the ordinary. Where on the rest of the EP, which is a bit more restraint, you could hear shades of Tori Amos, with a knack for improbably catchy melodies coming from outer space, romantic lyrics (the broken kind), and piano driven tunes, the songstress is out for a kill with this song, and if you cannot really see the “glitter and sparkles coming out of her bum”, without a doubt you can hear them coming out of her voice.

What’s not to like on that tune that grooves with wah guitar, rhythmic piano, heavy bass, hypnotic percussion and a dancing flute? Hard to resist Emma Dean flamboyant style and vocals in any case, and you will tend to agree that she is indeed a “F*%king Unicorn”!

Verdict: 5/5 beards

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A Healthy dose Of Classic Rock from The Sour Bruthers


Indie Rock Band

The Sour Bruthers

“Better Days”

Take a healthy dose of classic rock, Chicago grit, southern rock and country rock, blend it all together and you get Soür Bruthers.

This song from their debut EP gets you from the start with an infectious riff from the band’s favorite Telecaster sound, almost immediately joined by a great B3, and the wall of guitars that propels it into Eagles meet Lynyrd Skynyrd category.


The song structure is a simple twist on the 12-bar blues, but it gets to a cool pre-chorus and chorus that sing along anthem quality. The guy in the story might have seen better days, but we haven’t heard better blues rock for a while.

Everything is on point, the arrangement builds and grows, and the guitars sound warm and engaging, with that blend of gritty distorted guitars and country twang, the rhythm section keeps it steady, great group harmonies, not much surprises short of a tasty guitar solo and a nice drop of instrumentation for the final verse before the final chorus hits to make it sound more impactful.


Pretty much a lesson in simplicity but that’s what makes this song so compelling in the end.

Get to hear this song and the others from this debug EP, you won’t regret it!

Verdict: 5/5 beards

5 Beards Rating




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A Healthy dose Of Classic Rock from The Sour Bruthers

Ghostly beard; behind the scenes



EP by Ghostly Beard

There is an enigmatic bigfoot-like character that just came out of the woods after 15 years of being lost. He goes by the handle Ghostly Beard, and he’s a visionary artistic entity with a boundlessly creative sweep that encompasses soft rock, jazz, prog-rock, fusion, pop, classic rock, and more. 

Ghostly Beard’s kaleidoscopic creativity has garnered him comparisons to such diverse artists as Steely Dan, Pink Floyd, James Taylor, Genesis, XTC, Cat Stevens, Weather Report, Michael Franks and Chicago.

He crafts immersive dreamy sonic landscapes that emotionally blur the line between dark catharsis and subtle rays of hope 

‘The Love In Your Eyes’ is the first release from his forth coming album and we take a look at behind the scenes of the Ghostly Beard.

What better way to introduce an independent artist on the first day of his official release; ask a plethora of questions ranging from musical, production, where he grew up to his current place of residence and so much more…..including the musical toaster. 

Ghostly Beard talks about the meaning behind ‘The Love In Your Eyes’, the first single from his forthcoming album, ‘Inward’, due for release May 4th. 

To find out more, take a listen to our fun and very informative 1hr & 15 minute podcast; don’t forget to set yourself up with a drink and nibbles to sit back and enjoy the ride. 

‘The Love In Your Eyes’ is OUT NOW!

All Proceeds from the ‘Inward’ album go towards



Podcast with Ghostly Beard